A Defaced and Broken Grave of a National Hero Tells a Story of Our National Character

Famous author, historian and thinker CLR James once wrote, “A national Hero must have a nation. The nation as it was could do nothing for the national hero except applaud.”

What he wrote was about a national hero and inability of a nation to do anything but applaud for the hero. He was living in Caribbean. In India we have a different experience.

Yesterday, when I was at the Jamia Millia Islamia Graveyard to pay homage to several freedom fighters who lay buried there my heart sank at what I witnessed. What I saw made me think that if CLR James had been an Indian he must have written, “The nation as it was could do nothing for the national hero except revile.”

There laid the broken epitaph of Brigadier Muhammad Usman.

The grave of ‘Naushera ka Sher’ was damaged by some miscreants and nobody cared to even notice that.

For those, who have little idea of India’s National Heritage his importance could be reflected by a simple fact that Brigadier is the only Indian soldiers whose funeral was done with full state honours where PM Jawahar Lal Nehru, President Dr Rajendra Prasad, Governor General C. Rajagopalachari, and many other cabinet ministers were present at the graveyard. Funeral Prayer (Namaz E Janaza) Of Brig Usman was Led by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru(First PM), Indira Gandhi,C Rajgopalachari(First Indian Governor General ),Maulana Azad & Dr. Rajendra Prasad (First President of India) in Funeral Procession of Brig Mohd Usman.

He is the only Indian soldier ever on whose head Pakistan Government put a prize money. Pakistan announced a prize of Rs. 50,000 to kill him which they successfully did on 3rd July, 1948 but not before he was already a national hero. Even before his martyrdom he had become a part of popular folklore for his bravery and compassion in Naushera. He was the senior most officer to lay his life during the 1947 – 48 war.

Namaz E Janaza Of Brig Usman Lead by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

As a nation what we have returned is a defaced grave of a national hero.

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Md Umar Ashraf

Md. Umar Ashraf is a Delhi based Researcher, who after pursuing a B.Tech (Civil Engineering) started heritagetimes.in to explore, and bring to the world, the less known historical accounts. Mr. Ashraf has been associated with the museums at Red Fort & National Library as a researcher. With a keen interest in Bihar and Muslim politics, Mr. Ashraf has brought out legacies of people like Hakim Kabeeruddin (in whose honour the government recently issued a stamp). Presently, he is pursuing a Masters from AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, JMI & manages heritagetimes.in.

7 thoughts on “A Defaced and Broken Grave of a National Hero Tells a Story of Our National Character

  • December 27, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Hello Ashraf Bhai
    Very sad to see this. I can get this repaired and restored. Kindly share some more pictures and if possible current video of the grave on my personal email.
    I am doing a research project on Brig Usman.

  • December 27, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Completely unacceptable.
    Can we get relocate the remains to the cantonment, where such miscreants won’t dare touch our national hero’s grave?

  • December 27, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    This defacement of Brig Usman’s tomb is truly shameful. He was in command of 50 Independent Parachute Brigade at the time of his martyrdom.
    This information has been passed on to the concerned authorities in the Brigade, and I am certain they will take it in hand to repair and refurbish it as required.

  • December 27, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Heart -rendering but an eye opener.Great effort and work by Heritage times.❤️Please Keep it Up👍 Blessesd to know that such a great personality test in peace in our locality.

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  • December 29, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Excellent , atleast some one is watching our falling humanity . Mr . Ashraf very nice work , please keep it up.

  • December 29, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    बर्बाद गुलिस्तां करने को बस एक ही उल्लू काफी है
    हर शाख पे उल्लू बैठें हैं अंजाम ऐ गुलिस्तां क्या होगा।

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